As part of Make March Frugal, I’ve been thinking about how living frugally can benefit those suffering from anxiety. I’ve also been thinking more about anxiety as a whole and ways to help deal with it.
Along my discovery and research I have come to the above. Ways to simplify our lives. We all live in a fast paced environment and sometimes this can become overwhelming.
I’ve also written about how living frugally is one way on reducing the stresses we come across. Organising can also help with your anxiety.
But there are other ways to simplify your life. I’m not talking cutting out all of life’s pleasures either. Let me tell you what you can do!
By the way, before I get started, remember not to tackle all of these in one go. If you do that you’re going to overwhelm yourself and we don’t want that do we?!
In addition to this, some of these habits have probably been a part of you for a long time. These ideas are just ideas and I wouldn’t want you up-heaving your life when they aren’t maintained.
Take each one you want to develop and slowly make changes. Again you might end up overwhelming yourself.
Okay. So now I’ve got that said, lets begin.
1. Throw some stuff away. We can all admit to ourselves that we have too much stuff. Things have either haven’t been unpacked since moving house, or the items you’ve thrown at the bottom of your wardrobe.
If you’ve not thought about these things and certainly not worn them in the past 6 months, get rid.
2. Set yourself some goals. Exciting goals. I do go on about goals a lot I know. But these are great for a cluttered mind. I wrote a post about goals here. It will help your goals simpler and easier to manage.
You’ll feel good knowing you have something to work towards. It’ll be great!
Oh and by the way, I’ve created a FREE printable that you can use for your goals. Just click the button below and enter your email:
3. Clear out your storage cupboards. Again throw anything always which you’ve not used in some time. Especially the stuff that’s gone out of date! I recently found some packed poppadoms in our cupboard that was 3 month’s out of date! Whoops.
We’re all prone to it but the key is to remember to check.
4. Practice positivity. Acknowledge all the good things you have in your life. This will help keep you grounded and make the bad things, less bad.
You have to realise that you are amazing and everyone deserves to feel that way. It’s a hard habit to kick, is negativity. But working on it bit by bit will help you.
5. Bring in some baskets into your life. I love baskets. They help keep your cupboards and shelving clear and organised. If you label them you’ll know where everything is and where everything belongs.
They also look pretty! You can never have too many baskets. Honestly.
6. Create a meal plan for the week. By doing this you’ll instantly make your life easier. You’ll know what you need to buy at the supermarket and once done you’ll feel relieved for doing it. It also stops you from having the urge to nip to the local shop and pick up overpriced food you don’t need.
You can make healthier and more filling food with your plan. If this sounds good, read my guide on slow cookers!
7. Write lists. Lists are great for organising any aspect of your life. Whether it’s a list for the day ahead, a shopping list or a goal list. You’ll find it easier dealing with them once written down, and help you remember. Read this on how to organise your cleaning like a boss.
Or if you want more info on to-do lists – check this out.
8. If you feel you have too many commitments, reduce them. It’s very easy to take on too much at once. The fear of failure keeps you carrying on but it isn’t good for you. So if you’ve taken evening classes whilst holding down a full-time job and are struggling, maybe it’s time to drop one of them.
You could write down the pros and cons of each one to make a better informed decision if you aren’t sure. Consult your friends and family for advice if you think that’ll help.
9. Get rid of any broken items in the house. Come on throw them away! We all have stuff that we hold on to but it’s no use if they are damaged. Maybe you have some clothes with rips in that can’t be repaired. Chuck it. If you aren’t ready to get rid of this stuff, pack it away somewhere organised.
For example, if you feel those ripped jeans you have are good for decorating, only have the one pair. Keep it somewhere that you’ll be able to find again easily.
10. Create a budget. If you haven’t already got one, make one. For living frugally, this is another part of it. Frugal living relieves the stresses that come with life too you know. Budgets are a great way to sit down and calculate everything coming in and going out.
If you are worried about what you’ll find, your saving grace is that you’ll feel freer once done.
11. Take some stuff to the charity shop. This ties in with number 1 and 3. Once you’ve cleared out your belongings, drop them off at the charity shop. They welcome anything in good condition and is goes to a great cause.
Not only will your conscience feel better for it, your house and head space will also thank you!
12. Appreciate the good things in your life. There’s nothing better than sitting back and thinking of all the good things in your life. I don’t think we do it enough. You might find it hard to start off with – I know it was hard for me. We are all prone to focusing on the negative aspects in life so change it.
I wrote a post all about it here. By appreciating the good things in your life right now, whether it’s children, husband/partner, family, etc. it’ll remind you that the simpler things are mostly the best.
What do you do to simplify your life? How easy do you think it would be to implement these? Let me know!